KEVIN SATCHELL is on course to become Britain’s first world flyweight champion for 20 years. Scot Pat Clinton was our last champion briefly holding the WBO in 1992 and 1993, but UK boxing has been starved of success in the 112lb division ever since.
Satchell (9-0) emerged last May when he beat fellow scouser Paul Edwards to claim the Commonwealth crown and four months ago took the British title from Chris Edwards.
The 24-year-old makes the first defence of his British championship against Belfast’s Luke Wilton on Frank Maloney’s big bill at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday February 23.
Manager Steve Wood and promoter Maloney believe that by the end of this year Satchell could be challenging for a version of the world title.
Maloney explained: “Kevin is Britain’s most exciting flyweight and at the end of the year he will be closing in on a world title.
“The flyweight champions are tougher than most, but it can be easier to manoeuvre them into world title positions.”
Next week’s bill is topped by Liverpool superstar David Price (15-0) who boxes American double world title challenger Tony Thompson (36-3).
Satchell said: “It is going to be a great night. I always like going on Pricey’s undercards because it is full of scousers supporting me.
“I am very confident. Wilton has a good record and I am not underestimating him, but I will be sharper and fitter on the night.”
Another British title defence on the bill sees Darren Hamilton (12-2) put his light-welterweight crown on the line against another Liverpool fighter, Steve Williams (13-1).
Adil Anwar (18-1) who hopes to challenge the winner also boxes Welsh hopeful Lance Sheehan (5-1) over ten rounds.
Others boxers on the bill includes David Burke (26-2), Paul Edwards (9-2), Sean Dodd (4-0), Louis Cuddy (6-0), Neil Perkins (2-0), Steven Lewis (2-0), Andy Colquhoun (5-0) and Peter Gallagher (1-0).
Tickets can be purchased £230 (VIP including meal and inner ringside seat), £95 (Ringside), £70 and £40 at www.echoarena.com www.frankmaloney.com or 0844 8000 400.
The show will be broadcast live by the home of boxing BoxNation (Sky 437/Virgin 546). Join now at www.boxnation.com. WealthTV will be broadcasting the card live in the United States.
Welborn Tips Ryan To Succeed
By Daniel Mole
Former Midlands Area Welterweight Titleholder, Jason Welborn, is backing his stable-mate, Joel Ryan, to be his successor.
Welborn (11-2) was the last man to hold the belt after winning it back in November 2011 with a three-round demolition of Sean McKervey. He defended it twice thanks to fifth round stoppages against James Flinn (March 2012) and Scott Hayward (June 2012); the latter resulting in a broken jaw for Hayward.
Walsall’s Ryan (4-3) takes on Derby’s Luke Gallear (4-4-2) for the now vacant title at Burton Town Hall on Friday, 1st March and Welborn believes Ryan, who trains out of the same gym – Errol Johnson’s Wednesbury Boxing Academy – has what it takes to win.
“Joel loves his boxing and he works really hard,” Welborn told www.uko-boxing.com. “I’ve sparred him a few times and he’s tricky.
“He’s got a good range and he can mix it. I’ve seen him in the gym over the past few weeks and, as always, he’s been training hard. You can see how much he wants this. It’s a big night for him.
“I don’t know too much about Luke Gallear but it’s a big night for him too. That said, having seen Joel up close, I’m backing him to take my old title.”
The 26 year-old vacated the belt at the start of 2013 in order to take on Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin for the British Welterweight Title. However, thanks to his successful defences, he was presented with a Midlands Area strap by the British Boxing Board of Control as a keepsake.
After earning plenty of plaudits despite his seventh round defeat at the hands of Gavin, Welborn is now hoping to push on to bigger and better things.
“The Midlands Area title is a good title to have,” he added. “It’s like the first rung on the ladder and I was really proud when the Board presented me with the belt. It’s a nice belt to keep.
“It was my first title and was the springboard for better things for me. I want to push on now and be in the mix for another British title shot in the future. I’m hoping to be back out there in April and kick on from there.
“Whatever happens, the Midlands Title will always mean a lot to me, so I hope Joel can follow in my footsteps and win it. I’ll be happy if he’s the next boxer to hold it.”
Tickets to see Ryan and Gallear battle it out for the Midlands Area Welterweight Title are available from Burton Town Hall Box Office on 0128 350 8547 . They are priced at £30 unreserved seating and £50 Ringside. Doors open at 7.00pm with boxing commencing at 8.00pm.
Burton’s Tom Shaw (8-1) is chief support against an as-yet-unnamed opponent whilst Dudley’ Kyle Spencer (4-0) takes on Swadlincote’s Jimmy Price (0-0-1) and Tamworth’s Matt Seawright (3-69-4) meets Exeter’s Faheem Khan (4-0-1) in a re-match following Khan’s narrow points win back in November.
HOBSON’S HIGH HOPES FOR DARLINGTON’S HALL
Promoter Dennis Hobson is predicting a great atmosphere and a good test for Stuart Hall, when the Darlington man makes the first defence of his Commonwealth bantamweight title at his hometown’s Dolphin Centre on March 9.
‘Stuey’ will face Ghana’s experienced, Isaac Nettey, on the Dennis Hobson Promotions’ show, and the man who has put the bill together believes that hard-hitting Hall cannot afford to be complacent.
“This African kid will be tough,” assessed Hobson of Nettey, who has lost just eight of 30 bouts.
“If Stuart isn’t in the right frame of mind, like against Lee Haskins when he lost that European title fight [July 2012], then he could come unstuck.
“He can’t take his eye off the ball, that’s for certain, but hopefully he’ll get the win and we can keep coming back here and make this place a real fortress for Stuart.
“I’m really looking forward to the show. The last one we had in Darlington last November [when Hall won the Commonwealth belt] was fantastic and the fans were great.”
Dennis, who took Sheffield’s Clinton Woods to world honours and is on the verge of delivering the same for Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell, believes that Stuart, 32, still hasn’t reached his potential.
Former British champion Hall has only been beaten twice in 17 fights, both times with the European belt at stake. If he can negotiate Nettey, then Hobson is hoping to secure a ‘third time lucky’ chance for Stuart.
“He’s a good fighter, an old fashioned throwback,” stated Dennis. “He’s not a Sugar Ray Leonard, but neither was Clinton Woods and look how far we got with him.
“He had an off night against Lee Haskins and got beat narrowly by another of my fighters, Jamie McDonnell, but on his night Stuart can beat plenty of the best boxers in the world.
“We’d like to get [European champion] Stephane Jamoye back over here.
“Jamoye felt a bit hard done by when he lost to Jamie McDonnell [January 2011] and he says he’d like to come back to the UK, so him against Stuart would be a great fight for the North East.”
Hobson is looking to do more work in the North East.
The Sheffield-based promoter, who has worked with the likes of Ricky Hatton and negotiated with Don King, is enjoying his work in Darlington and wants to move further north in the future.
“It’s a real hotbed up in the North East for boxing. It’s got a great history; there are some real characters involved, and the people are passionate about their sport.
“I don’t see why we couldn’t start going up into Newcastle to put on shows.
“There are other TV outlets now getting involved in boxing, and I don’t see why we can’t get some TV title fights going up there. I’d definitely like to be involved in that.”
Stuart Hall will defend his Commonwealth bantamweight title against Issac Nettey at Darlington’s Dolphin Centre on March 9. The show’s undercard will feature a number of talented North East fighters, including former Commonwealth featherweight champion Paul Truscott; Darlington’s Neil Hepper; Middlesbrough’s Shafiq Asif; Spennymoor’s Ben Jackson, and County Durham’s Tommy Ward.
For ticket information contact 0782 4466 535 or the Dolphin Centre on 01325 388406.